The municipality of Pirkkala is located in Pirkanmaa in the Tampere City Region. According to statistics, Pirkkala is the most attractive municipality in Finland, with the fastest population growth relative to population in recent years. The age structure is young, and the municipality is home to a large number of families with children. The population of Pirkkala is also the third most highly educated in Finland.
Pirkkala boasts excellent transport connections to different parts of Finland, with Finnish national road 3 from Helsinki to Vaasa via Tampere running through the municipality. Pirkkala is also home to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.
Pirkkala is an old civil parish with a rich history. Excavations carried out in Pirkkala have uncovered a wealth of items dating back to the Stone and Iron Ages. The area has had permanent agricultural settlements since at least the 4th and 5th centuries. The first written records of Pirkkala date back to the 14th century.
The history of the municipality has also served as an inspiration for its largest annual event, the Pirkkala Viking Fair. As the name suggests, the Pirkkala Viking Fair takes visitors back to the time of the Vikings, offering a genuine Iron Age atmosphere with historical reenactment, ancient handicrafts, expert lectures and guided bus tours. The Pirkkala Viking Fair has been held in the Reippi museum area since 2016.
In the early Middle Ages, the parish of Pirkkala encompassed approximately half of the Pirkanmaa region, but over the years several municipalities broke off from the parish. In 1922, the remaining parish was split into the municipalities of Southern and Northern Pirkkala, and at the start of 1938 Southern Pirkkala adopted the historical Pirkkala name. The current Pirkkala consists of the central areas of the old parish of Pirkkala.